“You still have to remind UEFA who Real Madrid is,” he said. Florentino Prez in the last Assembly of delegates of the white club. A rhetorical resource, because the organization knows perfectly the Madridista entity, to which it has awarded the jewel in its crown more than any other. The Champions, European Cup before the expansion of the format, is the competition that shapes the history of Madrid, which conquered the first in history, then four more, a sixth shortly after and, after a 32-year wait, seven since. 1998.
26 leagues passed
Nobody matches those records, but they are not the only ones in which Madrid’s performance in Europe does not admit of comparison. With the victory against the Sheriff, the team certified by twenty sixth time (in a row) their pass to the playoffs after passing the group stage. That is, all since that 97-98 season that ended with the conquest of the Seventh.
Always speaking of the group stage of the Champions League, the white club also boasts the biggest win, with that 8-0 at Ore at the Bernabu on the 15-16, on the way to the Undcima, but still with Rafa Bentez leading the first team. It is true that this record is shared by Madrid with him Liverpool, who achieved the same figure before the Besiktas on 05-06.
Two full of victories
Madrid is also one of the few teams that can boast of full of victories in a group stage, six out of six. But it has done it twice, (2011/12 and 2014/15), more than AC Milan (1992/93), Bayern (2019/20), PSG (1994/95), Spartak of Moscow (1995/96) and Barcelona (2002/03).
And top scorer
The statistic also crowns Madrid as the best gunner in the history of the European league, with 370 targets, including the three of this Wednesday in Tiraspol. A condition that joins that of the best global scorer in the history of the competition, surpassing the 1,000 goal barrier, a milestone signed by Benzema in the victory against Shakhtar at the Bernabu.